Bernard Lewis Visiting Lecturers Fellowship

The fellowship is named after Bernard Lewis (1899-1993), a founding member of The Combustion Institute. The purpose of the Bernard Lewis Visiting Lecturers Fellowship is to financially assist lecturers to cross the borders of their countries and visit institutions within a CI Section. The fellowship covers travel expenses to the visiting region and an honorarium for sharing expertise in combustion. CI associated institutions are encouraged to submit a proposal for a visiting lecturer.

Proposals must specify the following:

  • The lecturer, including his/her affiliation and position and a curriculum vitae
  • A list of the most important publications and accomplishments within the last 3 years (restricted to 2 pages)
  • Lecturing period (typically two weeks)
  • Institutions where the lectures are to be conducted
  • Number and titles of lectures
  • Contact information of the host institution that agrees to coordinate the visit
  • A letter from the representatives of the institution outlining the advantages of the proposed lecture tour, especially in terms of promoting education and encouraging research in combustion
  • Statement that the institution will cover local expenses
  • An estimate of travel expenses

Submit proposals and questions about the Bernard Lewis Visiting Lecturers Fellowship to the CI office:


The third Bernard Lewis Visiting Lecturer Fellowship was awarded to the Spanish Section of CI. Dr. Jong Soo Kim of the Korea Institute of Science & Technology covered two subjects, namely (1) Oxy­fuel combustion in PC Power Plants for CO2 Capture and (2) Flame instability, in particular  its implication to oxy­fuel combustion (Oxy­fuel combustion with ITM (Ion­Transfer  Membrane) Oxygen production or with SOFC is very likely susceptible to oscillatory instability due to high heat transfer required to transfer oxygen ion across the ceramic membrane).

The second Bernard Lewis Visiting Lecturer Fellowship was awarded to the Australian and New Zealand Section of CI. Professor Larry Baxter from Brigham Young University in Utah gave a series of lectures on aspects of biomass combustion at the 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Combustion (ASPACC5) and at locations around Australia. Prof. Baxter is the recipient of the J.J. Christensen Professorship for Thermochemical Sciences at Brigham Young, and has a broad and distinguished research effort in the impact of fuel impurities on combustion systems; development of renewable energy technologies (biomass and black  liquor); optimization of fossil energy systems (coal, oil, and gas); and combustion modeling.

The first Bernard Lewis Visiting Lecturer Fellowship was awarded to the Taiwain Section of CI. Professor Paul D. Ronney from the University of Southern California gave a series of lectures on combustion, flame, and application. Prof. Paul Ronney is a renowned scholar in flame, micropower generation and novel combustion systems and he is especially famous for his series of flame experiments on space flight. Through this lecture series and discussions he brought his experiences in the combustion related scientific payload on the space fight as well as his results and achievement of various micropower generation and microfluidic systems.